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Pathway to grow
The Denton school district announcement of a new grading system for middle and high school students has drawn criticism that the new system removes accountability from students, “dumbs down” education and fails to prepare students for the real world.
I whole-heartedly disagree. I commend the Denton ISD for its bold move toward a more authentic method of measuring learning, which demonstrates a commitment to students as individuals with different learning styles and abilities.
Now, students who have not mastered content can take responsibility for their own learning and continue working toward mastery thereby earning the privilege of another chance to demonstrate what they have learned — rather than moving on without mastering the content.
How is this not a real-world lesson? In the real world, should people who are not successful after a first attempt simply give up and move on? Or should they learn from their mistakes and strive to do better?
In the real world, success is not defined by never having failed. It is defined by our ability to learn, grow and become better because of having failed. The opportunity to try again is not dumbing down. It is expressing a belief in students’ ability to learn and providing a pathway for them to grow.
I hope that this new system will be successful and become a model for districts everywhere. And I hope that the students of the Denton ISD know how fortunate they are to be part of a district that cares about them as individual learners.